It seems mother really does know best when it comes to treating troublesome aches and pains.
Gently rubbing the ailment not only helps to soothe soreness, but can also reduce stress and pain, according to a new study.
Research by the University of Cumbria shows that patients' symptoms improved when "touch healing" was used to treat bumps and bruises. Three hundred patients with a wide range of ailments were given four hour-long treatments within six weeks at the Centre for Complementary Care in Muncaster, Cumbria.
Following the sessions, patients showed significant improvements in psychological and physical functioning, particularly in stress reduction, pain relief, and increased general health. The most substantial improvements were seen in clients with the most severe symptoms when they entered the study.
Further analysis of clients with cancer, musculo-skeletal ailments and with mental health disorders or psychological stress also showed clear benefits.
Gentle touch healing is based on sessions of about 40 minutes in which complementary medicine experts apply light, non-invasive touches to the patient's head, chest, arms, legs and feet. Benefits include improved sleep, reduced pain levels and increased energy levels.
Helen Leathard, professor of healing science at the University of Cumbria, said: "On the basis of this evidence, healing by gentle touch should play a part in the treatment of people with cancer, mental health problems, or a wide variety of illnesses where help with pain or stress reduction will enhance their wellbeing.
Source Daily Mail